Senior Seminar Program

Spring Quarter 2018 Enrollment Information

Please go to the Schedule of Classes website to see enrollments. To enroll in these seminars, use the Course Pre-Authorization system to be cleared to add a seminar, then use WebReg during your enrollment time to finalize enrollment.

Please use the Virtual Advising Center, VAC to contact the advisor of the department or program offering the seminar for all non-enrollment questions.

Department of Anthropology

Anthropological Research: Theory and Methods
ANTH 192 A00
Section ID: 935335
Semendeferi, Ekaterini (
Location: SSB 105
Mondays, 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Meeting Dates: TBA

The seminar aims to introduce and attract outstanding anthropology students to the honors program. Students will review the various disciplines within anthropology that span from biological evolution, to prehistorical archeology and the environment, to the psychological and cultural dimensions of the human experience. They will examine honors theses in the above fields written by their peers over the last few years, learn how to use library resources and explore topics to research themselves in the honors program starting the following quarter. Prerequisites: Majors in Anthropology with a GPA of 3.5 or higher by departmental invitation only.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Active Learning for Tricky Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 192 A00
Section ID: 935681
Schimpf, Alina (  &
   Schmidt, Valerie (
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

In this seminar we will discuss evidence-based teaching methods such as peer learning and other active learning strategies. Students will develop multimedia resources for topics in general or organic chemistry. Prerequisites: CHEM 6

Department of History

Photographing Atrocities in the 20th Century
HITO 192 A00
Section ID: 935682
Kwak, Nancy (
Location: HSS 4025
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
Seminar will meet weeks 1-8

How has photography shaped the way we talk about the past? This class will examine some of the most famous images of the twentieth century, looking at the context and impact of each. We will read theory, history, and most importantly, look at a wide array of photographs and documentary films in order to understand how images are framed. Prerequisites:

Department of Literature

Careers for Literature Majors
LTEN 192 A00
Section ID: 935683
Loose, Margaret (
Location: LIT 355
Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
Seminar will meet weeks 2-9

There is an exciting and wide array of career options for Literature Majors and we will explore some, hear from people who are making good use of their degrees, and structure some time for students to think about where their own strengths and interests lie for life after college. What strategies can help you leverage your training to get the edge in the hunt for jobs and advanced studies? Let's check them out! Prerequisites:

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Engineering in Training Preparation
MAE 192 A00
Section ID: 935684
Kleissl, Jan (
Location: TBA
Date and Time: TBA
Meeting Dates: TBA

For many Environmental and Structural Engineers, and some Mechanical Engineers the Engineering in Training (EIT) exam is an important step in their career. The best time to take the exam is towards the end of the sophomore year or throughout the senior year. Students will be prepared for the EIT exam through: (1) Overview of the exam; (2) Tips on study materials; (3) Review sessions in the core subject areas such as statics, fluid mechanics, environmental economics, etc.; (4) Practice exams. Prerequisites: N/A

Department of Physics

Indigenous and Western Science
PHYS 192 A00
Section ID: 934244
Burgasser, Adam (
Location: Intertribal Resource Cntr outside
Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Seminar will meet weeks 2, 4, 6, 8

This seminar explores the similarities, differences and intersections between indigenous and western science practices and ways of knowing, with a particular focus on how these practices manifest in contemporary society. The seminar will consist of five 2-hour meetings during the quarter with guest speakers, discussion of assigned readings, exploration of indigenous practice, and reflective writing. We will also do one field trip to one of the regional reservations to speak with residents and e Prerequisites:

Department of Psychology

What's So Funny: The Psychology of Humor (cross-listed with PSYC 87)
PSYC 192 A00
Section ID: 935686
Christenfeld, Nicholas (
Location: Mandler 1507
Thursdays, 4:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Seminar will meet weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7.

We will explore theories of why and when people laugh, with explanations ranging from simple novely, surprise, and incongruity to more complex notions of disguised aggression, hostility and sexuality. We will also examine funny things themselves, and develop our own theories. Concurrent with freshman seminar PSYC 87 (enrollment limited to 10) Prerequisites:

Department of Theatre & Dance

Auditioning for Shakespeare
TDGE 192 A00
Section ID: 932264
Meyer, Ursula (
Location: GH 23
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Seminar will meet weeks 1-5

Serious theatre students need to be prepared to audition with Classical Text. This seminar will aid in choosing a monologue, analyzing classical material, shaping it for a potential audition,helping to avoid common pitfalls , and learning how to audition for an actual Shakespeare production. Mainly , it will help in taking away the fear of working with this splendid material. Note: Due to various circumstances in staffing, etc. the traditional Shakespeare acting class cannot be offered this year. Prerequisites: It would be useful for students to have add acting classes, but no previous experience with Shakespeare is necessary.

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